As a second part to the Welcome Home Party for our friend, Johnny_CA, fellow VTer, Bond_Girl and I took Johnny to AZIZA on Geary St.
Our experience at Aziza was memorable. We loved everything about it: The atmosphere, the food, the cocktails, the service..........everything was well-prepared and served with professional grace and warmth.
The three of us ordered the "Tasting Menu." It's $39 per person and is a huge feast fit for a Moroccan King. (or even an Agent Pimpy!)
The Tasting menu consisted of soup, a plate of delicious Mediterranean spreads and veggies, the ever-popular BASTILLA (a phyllo pastry filled with minced braised saffron chicken, spiced almonds, and powdered sugar), an entree and dessert!
We were in awe at the presentation and the delicious spices!
Favorite Dish: The 3 entrees they served was recommended by the Chef. They included a braised lamb shank with honey and kumquat sauce, caramalezied dried fruits, roasted almonds and cous cous. There was also a roasted chicken stuffed with saffron and spices, and a spicy sea bass dish.
Our dear Johnny was delighted as you can see !
This trendy SOMA destination is more about being seen than eating. Azie's soaring ceilings, wine red walls and streamlined decor lend to an open, airy feel.
I was taken here when in town for an interview (my friends would never select such a place). We ended up just having appetizers and going elsewhere for dinner.
Favorite Dish: The food is actually French/Asian. Portions are quite small. It is more about the presentation then the quantity.
However, since its opening Azie has enjoyed much critical acclaim. Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle awarded Azie with a 3 1/2-star rating, praising the "innovative fusion of Asian flavors and French techniques". Other honors include being named "One of the Top 10 Restaurants of the Year 2000" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "Best Newcomer Restaurant" by the editors of Gourmet Magazine. Condé Nast Traveler included Azie in their list of the "100 Top New Restaurants from Rome to Rio," and Food & Wine Magazine named Azie's wine list one of the "Top Ten Best New Wine Lists" in the country.
A fun place to eat sushi & asst. Japanese appetizers--The foods "sail" past you on small plates, in a moat, 3 plates per boat. Prices vary by item & plates are color-coded accordingly.This ain't Moromoto's but I love this place--unpretentious, good prices. If you don't like anything on the boats (probably 30 diff. choices), the sushi chefs and/or kitchen will gladly custom-order. Don't go overboard (bad pun) initially, try a few things to see whats extra-good that day and concentrate on those...
Favorite Dish: uni; sockeye salmon (summer); hand-rolls; saba (esp. good); herring roe
You can't go to any Moroccan Restaurant that doesn't serve Belly Dancers with the Cous Cous.
The music was loud and pumping and set just the right mood for the evening.